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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - The Challenge of Thor

I am the God Thor,
I am the War God,
I am the Thunderer!
Here in my Northland, 
My fastness and fortress, 
Reign I forever!
Here amid icebergs 
Rule I the nations; 
This is my hammer, 
Miölner the mighty; 
Giants and sorcerers 
Cannot withstand it!

These are the gauntlets 
Wherewith I wield it, 
And hurl it afar off; 
This is my girdle; 
Whenever I brace it, 
Strength is redoubled!

The light thou beholdest
Stream through the heavens,
In flashes of crimson,
Is but my red beard 
Blown by the night-wind, 
Affrighting the nations! 
Jove is my brother; 
Mine eyes are the lightning; 
The wheels of my chariot 
Roll in the thunder, 
The blows of my hammer 
Ring in the earthquake!

Force rules the world still,
Has ruled it, shall rule it;
Meekness is weakness,
Strength is triumphant,
Over the whole earth
Still is it Thor's Day!

Thou art a God too, 
O Galilean! 
And thus singled-handed 
Unto the combat, 
Gauntlet or Gospel, 
Here I defy thee! 

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Poet: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Poem: The Challenge of Thor
Volume: Tales of a Wayside Inn

Comment 4 of 4, added on February 11th, 2012 at 11:54 PM.
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Good ptoohs Amy. I love the one with the swirls in the sky. Also, the night time by the barn. Well done.

Grudjan from Canada
Comment 3 of 4, added on February 10th, 2012 at 3:33 PM.
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Great puictres! They encourage my mind to wander and dream...And thats a good thing.

Sameer from Nepal
Comment 2 of 4, added on April 17th, 2010 at 7:30 PM.

This has to be the most epic norse ballad written since the time of Snorri.

Lee Lawrence from United States

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